Gems of Chechnya: Brick by Brick, Mountainous Republic Rebuilds and Hopes Return

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Once a troubled Russian republic, Chechnya has been largely transformed by peace: it is now calm and quiet, reviving its national identity and securing a peaceful future for its younger generations.

Once a troubled Russian republic, Chechnya has been largely transformed by peace: it is now calm and quiet, reviving its national identity and securing a peaceful future for its younger generations.

© RIA Novosti . Said Tsarnaev / Go to the photo bankChechnya today is a reminder of what was wrong in the past and what can be dealt with in the present in a positive way – step by step.

Above: A man with children in a square at "The Heart of Chechnya" mosque, named after Akhmad Kadyrov, the President of the Chechen Republic assassinated on May 9, 2004.
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Chechnya today is a reminder of what was wrong in the past and what can be dealt with in the present in a positive way – step by step.

Above: A man with children in a square at "The Heart of Chechnya" mosque, named after Akhmad Kadyrov, the President of the Chechen Republic assassinated on May 9, 2004.
© RIA Novosti . Said Tsarnaev / Go to the photo bankGrozny, the capital of the republic, has a bright new look: its shiny new skyline features gleaming minarets and new apartment blocks to replace those destroyed during the war.

Above: Workers planting flowers to mark the unveiling of a mosque named after Aimani Kadyrova, mother of the current leader of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, and a high-rise complex, “Argun-City”, in the town of Argun.
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Grozny, the capital of the republic, has a bright new look: its shiny new skyline features gleaming minarets and new apartment blocks to replace those destroyed during the war.

Above: Workers planting flowers to mark the unveiling of a mosque named after Aimani Kadyrova, mother of the current leader of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, and a high-rise complex, “Argun-City”, in the town of Argun.
© RIA Novosti . Said Gutsiev / Go to the photo bankChechnya's quiet rural areas pacify and provide visitors with the opportunity to meditate or just relax.

Above: Ancient ruins of mosques and towers near the village of Makazhi in the Vedensky district of southeastern Chechnya.
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Chechnya's quiet rural areas pacify and provide visitors with the opportunity to meditate or just relax.

Above: Ancient ruins of mosques and towers near the village of Makazhi in the Vedensky district of southeastern Chechnya.
© RIA Novosti . Said Tsarnaev / Go to the photo bankRebuilding homes and infrastructure is just as important as getting out the right message about the Chechnya of today.

Above: A man playing with his children at a kindergarten named after Shamil Magomayev, the head of the Vedensky district administration, in the village of Elistanzhi in the Vedensky district in southeast Chechnya.
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Rebuilding homes and infrastructure is just as important as getting out the right message about the Chechnya of today.

Above: A man playing with his children at a kindergarten named after Shamil Magomayev, the head of the Vedensky district administration, in the village of Elistanzhi in the Vedensky district in southeast Chechnya.
© RIA Novosti . Said Tsarnaev / Go to the photo bankEvery home that is built or restored speaks volumes about what is really happening. Hope and a belief in the future are returning brick by brick.

Above: Chechen school students take part in the “Traditions Fair” contest in Grozny’s main square.
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Every home that is built or restored speaks volumes about what is really happening. Hope and a belief in the future are returning brick by brick.

Above: Chechen school students take part in the “Traditions Fair” contest in Grozny’s main square.
© RIA Novosti . Valery Melnikov / Go to the photo bankThe Caucasian mountains stand tall and dignified; their beautiful nature, waterfalls and fresh air can add years to your life.

Above: An elderly man on a day of the Feast of the Sacrifice during the Muslim holiday of Kurban Bayram in the Chechen village of Itum-Kale.
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The Caucasian mountains stand tall and dignified; their beautiful nature, waterfalls and fresh air can add years to your life.

Above: An elderly man on a day of the Feast of the Sacrifice during the Muslim holiday of Kurban Bayram in the Chechen village of Itum-Kale.
© RIA Novosti . Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankHospitality and respect for guests is a source of pride for the average Chechen. Although it is a strongly patriarchal Sunni Muslim society, the republic remains tolerant of other congregations.

Above: The Church of the Archangel Michael, the only Orthodox church in Grozny, located on Akhmad Kadyrov Avenue.
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Hospitality and respect for guests is a source of pride for the average Chechen. Although it is a strongly patriarchal Sunni Muslim society, the republic remains tolerant of other congregations.

Above: The Church of the Archangel Michael, the only Orthodox church in Grozny, located on Akhmad Kadyrov Avenue.
© RIA Novosti . Said Tsarnaev / Go to the photo bankChechen social interaction is based on the principles of honor, chivalry, hospitality, and respect.

Above: Border checkpoint view near the village of Tsoi-Pede, in Chechnya's Itum-Kale district, on the border with Georiga.
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Chechen social interaction is based on the principles of honor, chivalry, hospitality, and respect.

Above: Border checkpoint view near the village of Tsoi-Pede, in Chechnya's Itum-Kale district, on the border with Georiga.
© RIA Novosti . Said Tsarnaev / Go to the photo bankThe mountainous region is an important source of oil deposits, as well as natural gas, limestone, gypsum, sulfur, and other minerals.

Above: A mosque named after Sultan Delimkharov in the village of Dzhalka, in the Gudermes district in the east of Chechnya.
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The mountainous region is an important source of oil deposits, as well as natural gas, limestone, gypsum, sulfur, and other minerals.

Above: A mosque named after Sultan Delimkharov in the village of Dzhalka, in the Gudermes district in the east of Chechnya.
© RIA Novosti . Said Tsarnaev / Go to the photo bankThe mountain lake Kezenoyam remains a true natural gem of the republic with its crystal clear waters, and is heavily oxygenated.

Above: Krasnodar tourists taking pictures at the Kezenoyam lake in Chechnya near its border with Dagestan.
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The mountain lake Kezenoyam remains a true natural gem of the republic with its crystal clear waters, and is heavily oxygenated.

Above: Krasnodar tourists taking pictures at the Kezenoyam lake in Chechnya near its border with Dagestan.
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